Van de Vyver 4 Heures du Val de Vienne – June 20
June 20 saw the running of
the fourth round of Van de Vyver Endurance Championship, and saw a victory for Paul Doran sharing the wheel of his Radical SR3 with Richard True (below) – writes Pascal Thebault.

So, we’ve had different winners at each race this season: Philippe Hottinguer - Harold Primat (Norma CN 20 Honda Integra) at the 3 Heures of Jarama, Tim Greaves - Nick Dove - Phil Abbot (Radical SR3) at the 500 Miles de Spa, Nigel Greensall - Mark Pashley (Bicknell Vauxhall) at the 3 Heures of Magny-Cours.

Van de Vyver’s races have now received the official ‘label’ of the FFSA, the French motorsport association. The series looses the “run what you brung” approach and the field looks now more reliable, with small sportscars on the one hand (Radical SR3, Norma CN20 and some exotics), GTs on the other hand (essentially Porsches, from 964 Cup to 996 GT3 RS).

Qualifying was a really fast affair: Philippe Haezebrouck (Norma / 1’43”692 - above) led the pack with just behind Nigel Greensall (Bicknell / 1’43”952). The two would be good for the fifth row of the FFSA GT race in May! The Marcos LM 600 of Risto Virtanen (1’46”055) was the quickest closed car, preceding the 993 GT2 (but RSR powered) of Olivier Porta (1’47”974).

dailysportscar.comThanks to 45 cars on the grid, racing looked crazy for the opening hours, with six cars fighting and continuous changes of leader. The three hour mark was time for some dramas: the Bicknell had to give up with electrical problems while other contenders had to face up to bumps or stop and go penalties (overtaking under yellow flag).

Richard True produced a good final run and finished 30 seconds ahead of the first of four Norma CN20s. The Marcos and the GT2 “RSRed” shared the the GT podium with the Perspective GT3 RS of Thierry Perrier (right) and Jean-Paul Richard.

The next round will be the 3 Heures of Dijon, August 28 & 29.

1 56 DORAN Paul TRUE Richard Radical SR 3 C3 126 1:44.133
2 41 HAEZEBROUCK Philippe DUBREUIL Bruno Norma M 20 CN 126 1:46.056
3 32 HOTTINGUER Philippe PRIMAT Harold Norma M 20 CN 125 1:45.163
4 72 TREMBLAYE Gilles PAPIN Philippe Norma M 20 CN 125 1:48.513
5 17 SNAIDERO Mario IBANEZ José Norma M 20 CN 125 1:46.540
6 74 WEISENBURGER Max VIRTANEN Risto Marcos LM 600 GT 123 1:47.935
7 2 LE ROCH Jean-François KAHN Franck Radical SR 3 C3 123 1:46.299
8 69 THIRION Philippe MOURGUES Denis Radical SR 3 C3 122 1:49.050
9 63 ROOS Franck DIRKS Patrick Norma M 20 CN 122 1:47.056
10 80 CAILLON Denis CHAPUZET Jean-Christophe Lucchini SP 390 CN 120 1:49.529
11 34 PAGES Alain OLLIVIER Claude Radical SR 3 C3 120 1:49.238
12 30 TICHIT Pascal PORTA Olivier Porsche 993 GT 120 1:50.161
13… 42 PERRIER Thierry RICHARD Jean-Paul Porsche 996 RS GT 119 1:50.230.


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